Sacha Plumbridge’s quest to create a ‘real home’ for her husband Matthew and their two children Mila and Rocky (plus their dog, Abraham), using a personal interpretation of a shabby-chic aesthetic, juxtaposing the old with the new, took almost two years to complete. The Head of Design of Gisella Blu and Aurora Wild at Sharaf Retail used her eye for detail to create an interior for her three-bedroom Arabian Ranches villa that is undeniably comfortable yet at the same time, ultra-cool.
Plumbridge is constantly on the look-out for pieces that will enhance her home. “I love trawling through bric-a-brac stores, especially when I am overseas. Vintage stores provide me with amazing ideas,” she says. This fan of THE One furniture store explains that she uses modern elements such as an oversized floor lamp or a striking chair, and even looks at the catwalks for print and colour ideas to overlay that feeling of old and new.
Managing to effortlessly combine sentimental pieces like framed photographs the family brought from Australia and crockery handed down from her mother with quirky pieces – like an old barricade found in an imports store that’s been hung up as an art installation – it’s clear that the old mantra of ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’ is one Sacha firmly believes in. The key to pulling it off is having the eye to be able to hang or position those items perfectly.
Sacha doesn’t hesitate when we ask about her favourite room. “I love the main living area, because of the light that streams through it. I also like the art I have up in this part of the house – my old battered coffee table by the long couch that has clearly too many cushions and furs on it. It just feels comfortable. This room feels like a real home to me.”
● Quirky one-off pieces that are deliberately juxtaposed with more traditional items can really add character. The One and Kartell are great for chairs that suit that aesthetic, and try Galeries Lafayette’s for interesting soft furnishings.
● Coffee table books make a statment about your interests and provide talking points. Harvey Nichols has a fantastic selection and can provide one or two hefty tomes.